NASAD maintains relationships with other organizations in support of accreditation efforts across the field in higher education. A list of related organizations in the following categories is provided below (in alphabetical order by and within each category):
- Accreditation Organizations (Discipline-Specific)
- Accreditation Organizations (Regional)
- Federal Agency
- Professional Affiliate Organizations
- National Individual Membership Organizations Concerned with Art and Design Study
- Other Organizations
NASAD consults regularly with organizations in the development of NASAD standards and guidelines for accreditation.
Please Note: For information regarding joint reviews and other inter-agency coordination, please see Connections with Other Review Procedures.
Accreditation Organizations (Discipline-Specific)
NASAD is a member of ASPA. ASPA brings together the specialized accrediting agencies in a forum for discussion, debate, and review of current issues and events.
NASAD and CAEP join in cooperation for the benefit of institutions. The standards of the two associations do not contradict one another. NASAD reflects education accreditation status in its Directory List of member institutions. CAEP’s policy regarding the review of art and design education programs states:
“CAEP reduces the amount of evidence needed from programs accredited by other national specialized accreditors for inclusion in CAEP’s review of the education unit (school, college or department of education).”
CAEP accepts information from the following specialized accrediting organizations:
[Editor’s Note: The excerpt below omits the names of all organizations except the Reston-based arts accreditation associations represented by this website.]
For programs accredited by one of these organizations, CAEP requires units to present the official notice of accreditation from the other specialized accrediting organization. As necessary, CAEP may require the submission of additional information.
NASD is a professional, specialized accrediting body which accredits institutions and units within institutions which offer associate, baccalaureate and/or graduate degree programs in dance and dance related disciplines; and non-degree-granting institutions having programs in these areas.
NASM is a professional, specialized accrediting body which accredits institutions and units within institutions which offer associate, baccalaureate and/or graduate degree programs in music and music related disciplines; and non-degree-granting institutions having programs in these areas.
NAST is a professional, specialized accrediting body which accredits institutions and units within institutions which offer associate, baccalaureate and/or graduate degree programs in theatre and theatre related disciplines; and non-degree-granting institutions having programs in these areas.
Accreditation Organizations (Regional)
Formerly part of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the Higher Learning Commission accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region, which includes the following 19 states: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
MSCHE accredits institutions of higher education in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
NEASC accredits post-secondary educational institutions in the six New England states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont).
NWCCU accredits post-secondary institutions in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.
SACS accredits post-secondary educational institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
WASC accredits four-year post-secondary educational institutions in California, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, Micronesia, Palau, and Northern Marianas Islands, as well as schools for American children in Asia.
The National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) has been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as the agency responsible for the accreditation throughout the United States of free-standing institutions that offer art and design and art- and design-related programs (both degree- and non-degree-granting), including those offered via distance education. In this role, NASAD serves as a Secretary-recognized institutional accrediting body. This recognition enables NASAD to serve as a gatekeeper for the purpose of Title IV funding eligibility for independent schools of art and design. In such cases, the NASAD review encompasses the entirety of the institution including all operational activities and all curricular programs.
NASAD Professional Affiliate Organizations
AIGA, the professional association for design is a Professional Affiliate Organization of NASAD and participates in discussions regarding accreditation standards.
The Industrial Designers Society of America is a Professional Affiliate Organization of NASAD and participates in discussions regarding accreditation standards.